Urban forests are integral components of the urban social and ecological systems of the city. Moreover, trees are often framed as the solution or a mitigation strategy to address a laundry-list of problems facing cities. Justifications for urban forestry investments have included concepts such as the potential of increasing ecosystem services, using trees as green infrastructure to reduce the demand for gray infrastructure, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and/or addressing existing uneven access to a natural amenity. The presence and condition of urban trees is determined by a complex set of factors, many of which result from socio-ecological conditions and policy driven decisions at multiple spatial scales. Given the recent re-investment in urban forests occurring in many North American, monitoring and management of trees and green spaces has become an important object for government policy, business strategy and academic research.
This session, part of a four session series, will focus on socio-ecological interactions in the urban forest.
|Presenter||Cassandra Johnson Gaither*, USDA Forest Service, Dudley Hartel, USDA Forest Service, Eric Kuehler, USDA Forest Service, Ebenezer Aka, Morehouse College, Wayne Zipperer, USDA Forest Service, Atlanta’s Urban Forest and Urban Blight, Implications for Justice||20||1:20 PM|
|Presenter||Elliott Volin*, University of Connecticut, Robert Fahey, University of Conneticut, Satoshi Hirabayashi, The Davey Tree Expert Company/USDA Forest Service, David Nowak, USDA Forest Service, Trends in Urban Tree Canopy Cover across the United States of America as Predicted by Socioeconomic Variables||20||1:40 PM|
|Presenter||Jeff Rose*, University of Utah, Managing urban forests and hydrosocial relations: Outdoor recreation use, ecological impacts, and perceptions of unsheltered homelessness||20||2:00 PM|
|Presenter||Brian Godfrey*, Vassar College, Contested understandings of the world's largest urban forest||20||2:20 PM|
|Presenter||Lara Roman*, USDA Forest Service, How the urban forest came to be: Synthesizing social and ecological legacies||20||2:40 PM|
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